All ninth-grade students will complete this study of issues affecting the social, political, and economic development
of the United States from 1865 to the present. The student will be able
to become a more competent (knowledgeable and skilled), more reflective
(critically-thinking), and more compassionate (caring) citizen of the
United States through analyzing U.S. history.
Process of Democracy
This course provides insights to all levels of the American political system. Having a sound comprehension of the governments that affect our daily lives is critical to civic participation. The course will explore the fundaments of economics, commonwealth, government, municipal government, and national government. Examining in detail the principles, processes, and institutions through which this political system functions, as well as the public policies that these institutions implement. The course is concerned with the nature of the American political systems, its development over the past two hundred years, and how it continues to function in present-day America.
Grades: 11, 12
This course will take a direct and analytical approach
to the study of current events. Our discussions, debates, and projects
will take us through a variety of local, national, and international events.
All issues will be looked at from a political, historical, and sociological
perspective. The goal of this course is to teach students how to become
informed citizens by giving them the proper skills needed to evaluate
and apply critical thinking to current issues.
Grades 11, 12
In Psychology class, students study human behavior.
Psychology attempts to explain why people behave, feel, and think as they
do. Students study life stages, workings of the mind and body, brain function,
learning processes, personality disorders, mental illness, and social
Grades 11, 12
This course provides a broad-spectrum analysis of the field of economics. Understanding economics and economic issues is key to the study of world issues and governments. Economics drive most national and international events. This course will compare various economic systems such as Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, and the Welfare State. The course will center on historical and contemporary issues of macroeconomics and microeconomics that are produced by these economic systems. These issues include basic principles of economics, distribution of wealth, monetary policy, fiscal policy, international trade, and foreign aid. This course is appropriate for students who plan to pursue a post-secondary education.
The rapid advance of technology and the increasing importance of international politics and economics have caused the world to become a much smaller place. In order to prepare for global citizenship, students in this course will study the non-western cultures of China, Japan, India, the Middle East, and Africa. Each culture's history and current situation will be surveyed. The students will be able to become more compassionate, reflective, and competent world citizens as a results.
Grades 11, 12
This elective focuses on all components of sociology.
Students will study culture, society, social classes, groups, family,
religion, and sociological theory. In addition, contemporary social issues,
such as race relations, the elderly, gender roles, and social movements
will be examined.
Advanced Placement United States History
This is a college level, comprehensive study of this
country from early exploration to the present. It is taught like a college
course using a college textbook and many primary documents. The social,
political, economic, religious, and military histories of the United States
are covered in detail. The purpose of the course is to prepare students
for the College Board AP exam in the spring of each year. College credit
may be earned if the proper score is attained. The test is three hours
long and costs $75.00.
Advanced Placement European History
Advanced Placement European History is a college level survey course of western history, beginning with the Renaissance and Reformation and concluding in the present day. The focus will be on the cultural, economic, political and social developments that have had much influence on the world in which we live. The course is designed to mature a student's reading, writing and analytical skills by utilizing a wide variety of resources, including a college level textbook. The intent of the course is to prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement test, which can earn the student college credits; each college or university determines how many, if any, college credits will be given for an AP exam score.
This course provides insights to the history of Lancaster County and Pennsylvania. The course will explore the different forms of material culture including and not limited to: tombstones, houses and churches, transportation, industry and power, agriculture and barns, and food entertainment. Examining in detail these categories of material culture over the period of history from 1700 to the present day will enhance the understanding and appreciation of our local heritage. The course is concerned with the nature of Lancaster County and Pennsylvania, its development over the past two hundred years, and how it continues to evolve in today's rapidly changing world.